ARE YOU READY?

APRIL 24
 
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth. (Isaiah 43:19)
 
If God says He’s going to bless you or your circumstances, and believe the God who cannot lie. You’re too Important to Him to be destroyed by a situation designed to build character and give you direction. God’s grace will enable you to make it through. God proved that He can bring you out of the fire without even :he smell of smoke, and out of the lions’ den without so much as a bite mark.
 
If you want to know what God can do, look at what He’s already done for you-and start praising Him.
 
And that’s not all. Listen: “Behold I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth.” After feeling like you’ve waited forever, God will suddenly move, and if you’re not ready, you’ll miss Him.
 
When the Church was born, we read: “Suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting” (Acts 2:2). When God decided to bring Paul and Silas out of prison, we read: “And suddenly there was a great earthquake .. , and immediately all the doors were opened” (Acts 16:26). Are you ready for God. to move suddenly? Are you ready for doors to open?
 
THE WORD TO YOU TODAY IS, “I WILL D0 A NEW THING; NOW IT SHALL SPRING FORTH.”
 
Taken from the BEST of Word for Today
 

  A man and his ten-year-old son were on a fishing trip, miles from home. At the boy’s insistence, they decided to attend the Sunday worship service at a small rural church. The father forgot to bring any cash, so he reached in his pocket and gave his son a dime to drop in the offering plate as it was passed. As they walked back to their car after the service, the father complained. “The service was too long,” he lamented. “The sermon was boring, and the singing was off key.”

Finally the boy said, “Daddy, I thought it was pretty good for a dime.”
 


WHEN MOSES DIES

APRIL 23
 
As I was with Moses, so 1 will he with thee. (Joshua 1:5)
 
Stop thinking God will use everybody but you, or bless others more than you. Moses spoke for God, stood up to Pharaoh, and worked miracles-but he died. And there are some things you’ll never know until your Moses dies. When Joshua wanted to know if God would be with him, too, God said, “I will.” What faithfulness!
 
People will enter and leave your life. Circumstances change overnight. Life hits you like a tornado. You struggle to get back up, and wonder if you can go on. But through your tears you’ll hear God say, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you.”
 
Listen to Jesus: “The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the comer: this is the Lord’~ doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes” (Matthew 21:42). Imagine-the rejection of men can be “the Lord’s doing.” He’ll take what is painful and make it “marvelous in our eyes.” Are you grieving over something, as though you had no God to direct it, and no grace to correct it?
 
See it from His perspective! When you do, you may well see that the worst possible thing that you thought could have happened to you, was the Lord’s doing, and it will suddenly look marvelous in your eyes.
 
REJOICE, CHILD OF GOD, AND BE STRONG. FOR HE IS WITH You.
 
Taken from the BEST of Word for Today
 

  A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.After explaining the commandment to “Honor thy father and thy mother,” she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?” Without missing a beat, one little boy answered, “Thou shall not kill.” …



IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON

APRIL 22
 
How long wilt thou mourn for Saul … flll thine horn with oil, and go … for I have provided.(1 Samuel 16:1)
 
Samuel was still morning the loss of King Saul, when God visited him and told him it was time to move on. There s another step beyond death, and that’s burial. It separates the living from the dead, and the past from the future. Some of us get through it faster than others. Some never do. They talk only of the past, because they stopped living years ago.
 
Anytime you discuss the past as if it were the present, it’s because you’ve let the past steal the present from you. Don’t do it! Rise up and take it back. Listen again to God’s Word to Samuel: “Go … for I have provided.” Did you hear that, child of God? He’s provided everything you need to start again.
 
Here’s your choice: You can keep lamenting what nobody can change, or you can live in the present and plan for the future. God says, “I have provided.” There are friends who want to be part of your life the moment you decide to live again. Don’t go back to the past-you’ve already been there!
 
TAKE ALL YOUR TIME. LOVE, AND ENERGY, AND GIVE THEM TO YOUR FUTURE. IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON!
 
Taken from the BEST of Word for Today
 

  At Sunday school they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings. Little Johnny seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam’s ribs. Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and she said, “Johnny, what is the matter?” Little Johnny responded, “I have pain in my side. I think I’m going to have a wife.” …   What does the Dentist of the Year get?​ A little plaque.



HAVE YOU EVER FELT “AGONY”

APRIL 18
 
Luke 22:43  Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44  And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
 
Have you ever wondered where all your friends were at a time when you really needed, them? They pledged they would be faithful, but when you needed them, they were not to be found? Did you feel abandoned in that moment of need?  Jesus Himself was confronted with that same situation when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before His crucifixion.
 
Rarely, if ever, did Jesus need His friends assistance; most of the time, they needed His! But in this intense moment, Jesus really felt a need to have the three disciples who were closest to Him pray with him. Jesus asked these disciples to pray for just one hour. But instead or faithfully praying when Jesus desperately needed their support they kept falling sleep!
 
The Holy Spirit used this word (agony) to picture Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night of His betrayal. This tells us that Jesus was thrown into a great struggle and fight that night. Knowing that the Cross and the grave were before Him, He cried out, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me . . . “ (Luke 22:42).
 
But note what the Scripture says, “Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him . . “ Who is your angel in your tough times?
 
I boldly confess that Jesus Christ understands and empathizes with me and the situation I am facing right now. Because He understands, I go to Him and talk to Him, knowing that He hears me when I pray.
 
From Sparkling Gems from the Greek, by Rich Renner
 

 

What happened to the egg when he was tickled too much?
 
He cracked up.
 
 
What do you call ten rabbits marching backwards?
 
A receding hareline.
 
 
What do you call a sleepy Easter egg?
 
Egg-zosted!
 
 


EXERCISING DISCERNMENT

APRIL 17
 
But strong meat belongeth to them .•. who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:14)
 
When God wants to bless you, He’ll send a person. When Satan  wants to bother you, he’ll also send somebody. That’s why you need discernment, The world calls it “a gut feeling” or “intuition,” but the Bible calls it the discerning of spirits. Not just evil spirits- all sorts of spirits. When someone comes into your life, he brings his spirit. Have you ever been around someone with a controlling spirit? Or a resentful spirit? Even the business world tries to screen out those with the right abilities but the wrong attitudes by using “Personality Profile Testing.”
 
Now, discernment is something you have to exercise. You need to give it a daily workout. The reason children need protection is because they lack discernment. Predators and pedophiles feed on ignorance. So does the devil. If you are to have mature discernment, you must move from milk to meat-the strong meat of the Word.
 
Like a knife sharpened on a well-oiled stone, your sense of discernment will be sharpened as you live in the Word and stay filled with His Spirit.
 
WHEN BOTH ARE ACTIVE, YOU’LL DISCERN WHAT IS AT WORK IN OTHERS AND HAVE THE WISDOM TO DEAL WITH IT.
 

 

How should you send a letter to the Easter Bunny?
 
By hare mail!
 
 
How is the Easter Bunny like Michael Jordan?
 
They’re both famous for stuffing baskets!
 
 
Where does the Easter bunny eat breakfast?
 

at IHOP



FLY UNITED

APRIL 16
 
Bind yourselves together with peace. (Ephesians 4:3 NLT)
 
There’s a Legend about a covey of quails that lived in a forest. They were happy together, apart from having to avoid their enemy, the quail-catcher. But he was clever; he’d imitate their calls, and then when they all got together, he’d throw his net over them and carry them off to market.
 
One day, however, the birds devised a plan to outwit him. The next time he threw his net over them, they put their heads together, flapped their wings in unity, lifted the net, and flew off with it. However, this only worked well until they began to fight over who was carrying most of the weight, and who deserved most of the credit. (Sound familiar) Once that happened, the quail-catcher, seizing his opportunity, threw the net over them again and carried them all off.
 
You see, they were so busy complaining and competing with each other, that they failed to help one another and stay on guard against the enemy. What a lesson!
 
They evidently had this problem in Paul’s time, too. Listen: “Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Always keep yourselves united … bind yourselves together with peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3 NLT).
 
Until you learn how to give graciously to others, you’ll remain unfulfilled. And until you learn to receive graciously, you’ll remain incomplete.
 
ASK GOD TODAY TO HELP YOU TO CARE – REALLY CARE – ABOUT OTHERS.
 

 

What did the mommy egg say to the baby egg?
You’re “Egg-stra special”.
 
What’s red, pink and blue with yellow all over?
An Easter egg rolling down the hill.
 
Why won’t eggs go out at night?
They don’t want to get “beat up
 
Why did the egg go to school?
get “Egg-u-cated”.


HINDSIGHT

APRIL 15
 
This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. (Lamentations 3:21)
 
When Jacob was filcing the crisis of his life, God visited him, but he didn’t realize it until later. Listen: Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not” (Genesis 28:16). Sometimes you can’t see God’s hand until you look back.
 
When Jeremiah wrote Lamentations, he was going through tough times. Listen: “All peace and all prosperity have long since gone … I have forgotten what enjoyment is” (Lamentations 3:17TLB). I’m glad that men of God not only experienced real life, but recorded it so we wouldn’t feel terminally unique. They not only shared the problem, but they also shared the solution. Listen again: “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.” Go ahead, start recalling. Do you remember when Jesus stood on the bow of your ship and spoke peace to the storm that terrified you? When you think of what He’s brought you through, and what He’s kept you from, it’s only by His grace that you’ve made it!
 
Here’s the word for you today: “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). This morning you woke in His arms, surrounded by His love. Nothing can get to you without first coming through Him.
 

 TODAY, HE’LL FORGIVE YOU, LIFT YOU, AND STRENGTHEN YOU, SO THAT YOU’LL LOOK BACK AND SAY,

“GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS,”
 
From The Best of The Word for Today
 

 

  1. What did the eggs do on the Internet?
  2. They looked for a good egg-site!
  3.  
  4. Why couldn’t the egg family watch T.V.?
  5. Because their cable was scrambled.
  6.  
  7. What website do eggs go on to chat?
  8. “eggs.com”
  9. Why was the father egg so strict?
  10.  
  11. He was hard-boiled.


GROUNDED AND STEADY

GROUNDED AND STEADY
 
APRIL 12
 
Stay grounded and steady … constantly tuned in to the Message. (Colossians 1 :23 TM)
 
We live in an entertainment-based society, and we’ve brought it into the Church. Great emphasis is placed on feeling good. One pastor told me, “People have had a hard week, and when they come to God’s house they should have a good time. “In a sense that’s true. David said, “In thy presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11). But when there’s a cancer, do you tell the patient, or just keep him feeling good until his condition is hopeless?
 
Jeremiah was told “to root out, and to pull down … to build, and to plant” (Jeremiah 1:10). Now, building and planting. are more exciting than rooting out and pulling down, and definitely draw bigger crowds. But what if the patient dies?
 
Let’s read carefully what Paul told Timothy: “You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food–catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you-keep your eye on what you’re doing” (2 Timothy 4:2-5TM).
 
AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE COMING OF CHRIST, THE ONLY THING THAT WILL SUSTAIN YOU IS KNOWING HIS WORD. AND YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.
 
Taken from the BEST of the Word for Today
 

 

​The following message was printed in a leaflet: “If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons.” …
 

 

A big, burly man visited the pastor’s home and asked to see the minister’s wife, a woman well known for her charitable impulses.
 
“Madam,” he said in a broken voice,”I wish to draw your attention to the terrible plight of a poor family in this district. The father is dead, the mother is too ill to work, and the nine children are starving. They are about to be turned into the cold, empty streets unless someone pays their rent, which amounts to $400.”
 
“How terrible!” exclaimed the preacher’s wife. “May I ask who you are?”
 

The sympathetic visitor applied his handkerchief to his eyes. “I’m the landlord,” he sobbed.



DEVOTED

DEVOTED
 
APRIL 11
 
I will love thee, 0 Lord, my strength. (Psalm 18:1)
 
It’s easy to get distracted and grow cold. That’s a battle you’ll fight constantly. Listen: “For the sinful Nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other” (Galatians 5:17 NIV). Every day you’ll have to make a decision. If you don’t, your flesh will decide for you, and you’ll finish up asking, “How did I ever get here?” And the answer is, “Because you never decided not to!”
 
When two people are elevated to each other, they don’t mind sacrificing for their dream. Their Relationship may come under attack, but it only draws them closer. Temptation may try to lure them away, but they find strength in each other’s arms. To them, giving is not a discipline; it’s a delight. David cried, “Lord, how I love you! For you have done such tremendous things for me” (Psalm 18:1 TLB).
 
YOU SEE, WHEN YOU REALLY LOVE HIM IT’S EASIER TO OBEY HIM, SERVE HIM AND FOLLOW HIM.
 
Taken from the BEST of the Word for Today
 

 

A new missionary recruit went to Venezuela for the first time. He was struggling with the language and didn’t understand a whole lot of what was going on. Intending to visit one of the local churches, he got lost, but eventually got back on track and found the place.
 
Having arrived late, the church was already packed. The only pew left was the one on the front row.
 
So as not to make a fool of himself, he decided to pick someone out of the crowd to imitate. He chose to follow the man sitting next to him on the front pew. As they sang, the man clapped his hands, so the missionary recruit clapped too.
 
When the man stood up to pray, the missionary recruit stood up too. When the man sat down, he sat down. When the man held the cup and bread for the Lord’s Supper, he held the cup and bread.
 
During the preaching, the recruit didn’t understand a thing. He just sat there and tried to look just like that man in the front pew.
 
Then the preacher said some words that he didn’t understand and he saw the man next to him stand up. So he stood up too. Suddenly a hush fell over the entire congregation. A few people gasped. He looked around and saw that nobody else was standing. So he sat down.
 
After the service ended, the preacher stood at the door shaking the hands of those who were leaving. When the missionary recruit stretched out his hand to greet the preacher, the preacher said, in English: “I take it you don’t speak Spanish.”
 
The missionary recruit replied: “No I don’t. It’s that obvious?”
 

“Well yes,” said the preacher, “I announced that the Acosta family had a newborn baby boy and would the proud father please stand up.”  



THE KING AND I

THE KING AND I
 
April 10
 
I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake. (2 Samuel 9:7)
 
Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, was lame because he was dropped when he was a baby. Years later. King David, who had a covenant with his father, redeemed him and gave him a place at the king’s table. What a story-lifted from the fall, saved because of another, and made a child of the king! Sounds like your testimony and mine, doesn’t it?
 
But there was a problem in his thinking. Although he’d been redeemed, he still saw himself as worthless. Listen: ”And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?” (2 Samuel 9:8). He thought of himself as a dead dog, so he lay on the floor like one. Not only were his feet lame-his thinking was also.
 
The word of the Lord to you today is: “You’ve been on the floor long enough. It’s time for a resurrection, and it must start in your thinking. Just because you’ve been treated like a dog, doesn’t make you one. Get up off the floor and take your seat at the King’s table-He has made you worthy. You have a right to be there. Not because of your goodness, but because of His grace!”
 
LET GOD HEAL YOUR THINKING SO THAT YOU CAN ENJOY WHAT HE IS DOING IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW!
 
Taken from the BEST of the Word for Today
 

 

If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would’ve put them on my knees.
 

 

The kids text me “plz” which is shorter than please. I text back “no” which is shorter than “yes.
 

 

“I’m going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I’ll do that second week. …
 



 

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